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Mollie Shaw named PHS 2013 STAR Student

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By Reeder Burch

    Mollie Shaw, a high school senior, has been named the 2013 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program. Shaw, daughter of Tom and Maggie Shaw, selected Mrs. Debbie Grimes as her STAR Teacher.
    The PAGE Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of

Brumby 5th in PHS history named to All-State team

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By Coach Parker
    Junior Tanner Brumby has been named to the 1st team All-State team as a punter by the Associated Press. The AJC has Brumby as an Honorable Mention as a quarterback. This is a great accomplishment! In the history of Pickens High School, Brumby is the fifth player to be named 1st team All-State and the first since 1982. Below are the Dragons who have made 1st team All-State according to ghsfha.com:
    Tanner Brumby, 2012; Scott Finch, 1982; Fred Anderson, 1972; Fred Anderson, 1971; Charlie Chastain, 1968

Track Pickens resident on Georgia to California run

Jack Fussell wants to raise $250,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
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Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell with the stroller he is carrying in his across-the-country run.
  A few months ago the Progress interviewed Jack Fussell, a Talking Rock man who set a goal for himself to run across the country alone to raise money for Alzheimer’s.
    Fussell, who became known in the area for losing over 100 pounds running up and down the stairs at Amicalola Falls, set off on his 3,419 mile journey on January 12, and you can now track his progress by visiting either his Facebook page or his website.

Strange lights captured on smartphone video

 

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There is clearly something on Kris Mountain’s cell phone video shot January 13 at around 8 p.m. in the Price Creek area.

It’s hard to describe, but whatever it is, it flitters and darts across the night sky and it changes color. One Progress employee described it as looking like a moth flying around a light at night – until it started changing color.

PHS forms partnership with school in Belarus

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   Steven Wilkie/photo
    Members of the Dragons’ Lair high school newspaper staff interview the delegation from Belarus and PHS staff about the partnership which may one day be expanded to include teacher and student exchanges.

By Laiken Owens
PHS student reporter

    Pickens High School is beginning a new program with a school that is not so familiar to this county or country. PHS has recently announced a partnership with Byelorussian School #36, located in Gomel, Belarus. The two schools hope this relationship will allow students to learn about each other’s country, culture, and what the youth do around the world.
     Another goal of partnering is to “form a friendship between us, to learn from each other,” said Ms. Ivanovna, Principal of the Byelorussian School.